/ ænəldʒiːsɪk /
Množina reči analgesic je analgesics.
analgetic · anodyne
analgetic · anodyne · moderating
Agent for relieving pain. Opiates alter the perception or appreciation of pain and are effective in controlling “deep” visceral (internal) pain. Non-opiates, such as aspirin, paracetamol, and NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), relieve musculoskeletal pain and reduce inflammation in soft tissues.
Pain is felt when electrical stimuli travel along a nerve pathway, from peripheral nerve fibers to the brain via the spinal cord.
An anesthetic agent acts either by preventing stimuli from being sent (local), or by removing awareness of them (general). Analgesic drugs act on both.
Temporary or permanent analgesia may be achieved by injection of an anesthetic agent into, or the severing of, a nerve. Implanted devices enable patients to deliver controlled electrical stimulation to block pain impulses. Production of the body's natural opiates, endorphins, can be manipulated by techniques such as relaxation and biofeedback. However, for the severe pain of, for example, terminal cancer, opiate analgesics are required.
Capable of relieving pain; SYN. analgetic, anodyne.